Partnership Between a Federal Agency and 4 Tribal Nations to Improve COVID-19 Response Capacities

Public Health Rep. 2022 Sep-Oct;137(5):820-825. doi: 10.1177/00333549221099239. Epub 2022 Jun 6.


Upon request from tribal nations, and as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) emergency response, CDC staff provided both remote and on-site assistance to tribes to plan, prepare, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. From April 2, 2020, through June 11, 2021, CDC deployed a total of 275 staff to assist 29 tribal nations. CDC staff typically collaborated in multiple work areas including epidemiology and surveillance (86%), contact tracing (76%), infection prevention control (72%), community mitigation (72%), health communication (66%), incident command structure (55%), emergency preparedness (38%), and worker safety (31%). We describe the activities of CDC staff in collaboration with 4 tribal nations, Northern Cheyenne, Hoopa Valley, Shoshone-Bannock, and Oglala Sioux Tribe, to combat COVID-19 and lessons learned from the engagement.

Keywords: American Indian or Alaska Native; CDC deployments; COVID-19; coronavirus; emergency preparedness; global health; prevention; public health; public health preparedness; tribal nations; tribes.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • COVID-19* / prevention & control
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Civil Defense*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • United States / epidemiology